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Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland Overview

Of all Polynesian cities, Auckland is the biggest, not only in size but in importance and beauty. Its landscape, a combination of extinct volcanoes, harbors and beaches makes Auckland a desirable vacationer’s choice. Its harbors boast the largest number of boats than any place in the world, thus we know that Auckland is truly as they say, a dream haven for water lovers.

History tells us that the Maori people settled here over 650 years ago, followed by European settlers in the 1840s. The area of Auckland was always fertile, thus it appealed to immigrants throughout the years.

Auckland’s warm summers and mild winters make it a great place to visit any part of the year. In fact, Auckland is the warmest city of New Zealand, boasting the most number of sunny days.

Auckland’s position between Waitemata and Manukau harbors is a positive feature, as visitors are privy to exciting nautical events.

Auckland is a city of culture, with two great venues, the Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Centre, the sites for theater, opera, and the Philharmonic Orchestra; however, it’s important to note that Auckland is also a great place to visit art galleries.

Though a wonderful destination for water lovers, it’s also the site of great sports events in cricket and rugby. Sports fans can enjoy the games at Eden Park Stadium.

Auckland is also the place for other types of fans - retail therapy fans. In Auckland, visitors can find up-scale shopping in trendy areas like Newmarket and Parnell, as well as great flea markets in Otara and Avondale. Large malls have also made their way into New Zealand culture; the most popular ones include Sylvia Park Mall, Botany Town Centre, and the largest in New Zealand, and Westfield Albany, with hundreds of fashion shops. Visitors can also shop for traditional specialties such as honey and olive oil, as well as some of the finest wines around the world.

Auckland’s beauty can be admired from atop two important volcanoes, Mount Eden and One Tree Hill; both of these places are important historical icons. Mount Eden was once the site of fortifications and One Tree Hill is the burial site of the Founding Fathers. Another way in which to admire the city’s beauty is by strolling through its many parks and its streets where you’ll see Victorian buildings, churches, and flora indigenous to this part of the world.

Other important icons are testament to the advancement in fields like architecture and engineering. Some of these include the Auckland Harbor Bridge, and the Sky Tower, which is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.

The city’s museums are also evidence of a rich history; the most important being the Auckland Museum, housing a collection of Polynesian artifacts, the largest in the world. It also displays artifacts that tell about New Zealand’s natural history. Other museums not to be missed include the War Memorial and National Maritime Museums.

Auckland, more than just a place of breathtaking beauty, represents the best that New Zealand offers.
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